Patriots roster comparison: 2013 vs. 2012

Patriots roster comparison: 2013 vs. 2012
September 1, 2013, 12:30 pm
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A quick look at the Patriots roster construction explains a lot.

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After cutdowns on Saturday, the Patriots roster stands at 51 players. The final two spots will likely be filled in short order. A comparison to the 2012 post-cutdown roster yields as much information about where the team is headed as a dozen Bill Belichick press conferences. As he told me a long time ago, “You get the answers to all your questions on Sundays, you know.”
2012 (22)

Quarterbacks (2):
Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett
2012 (2):
Tom Brady, Ryan Mallett
Running back (5):
Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, Leon Washington, Brandon Bolden

2012 (4):
Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead, Brandon Bolden
Fullback (1):
James Develin

2012 (0)

Wide receiver (6):
Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Matthew Slater

2012 (4):
Brandon Lloyd, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Matthew Slater

Tight end (3):
Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, Zach Sudfeld

2012 (4):
Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, Daniel Fells, Visanthe Shiancoe

Offensive line (8):
Nate Solder, Logan Mankins, Ryan Wendell, Dan Connolly, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Will Svitek, Josh Kline

2012 (8):
Nate Solder, Sebastian Vollmer, Marcus Cannon, Logan Mankins, Dan Connolly, Donald Thomas, Ryan Wendell, Nick McDonald

2012 (27)

Defensive tackle (3):
Vince Wilfork, Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano

2012 (5):
Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Brandon Deaderick, Ron Brace, Marcus Forston
Defensive end (4):
Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jake Bequette, Michael Buchanan

2012 (6):
Chandler Jones, Rob Ninkovich, Jermaine Cunningham, Trevor Scott, Jake Bequette, Justin Francis
Linebacker (6):
Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins, Dane Fletcher, Steve Beauharnais

2012 (6)
Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Dont’a Hightower, Bobby Carpenter, Tracy White, Mike Rivera

Cornerback (5)
Aqib Talib, Kyle Arrington, Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, Marquice Cole

2012 (6)
Devin McCourty, Ras-I Dowling, Kyle Arrington, Sterling Moore, Alfonzo Dennard, Marquice Cole
Safety (5):
Devin McCourty, Steve Gregory, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner

Safeties (4):
Patrick Chung, Steve Gregory, Tavon Wilson, Nate Ebner
Specialists (3):
Ryan Allen, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Aiken

2012 (3):
Zoltan Mesko, Stephen Gostkowski, Danny Aiken